Combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 49 times in the past 24 hours, according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.
The enemy violated the ceasefire 27 times in the Donetsk sector, having launched eight heavy artillery shells on the villages of Krasniy Pakhar and Zaitseve, the ATO HQ said in an update, as of 06:00 Kyiv time on August 20.
Also, Russia`s hybrid military force fired mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns on Ukrainian positions in the town of Avdiyivka and the villages of Maiorsk, Zaitseve and Luhanske, as well as 82mm and 120mm mortars on the village of Pisky and at the Butivka coal mine.
The militants launched some four dozen 152mm shells and seven dozen 120mm shells on the town of Svitlodarsk. They also fired from infantry fighting vehicles near Luhanske and Zaitseve.
In the Mariupol sector, the occupiers violated the ceasefire 17 times. They fired 120mm and 80mm mortars, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns on Ukrainian fortified positions in the town of Maryinka and the villages of Vodiane and Shyrokyne. The armed provocations continued with the use of rocket-propelled grenades and small arms in the villages of Hnutove and Novotroyitske. The enemy fired from infantry fighting vehicles near the villages of Starohnativka and Shyrokyne. About midnight, the occupiers began firing 122mm heavy artillery at Ukrainian fortified positions in the village of Berezove. Additionally, sniper fire was recorded twice in Hnutove.
In Luhansk region, Russian-backed mercenaries fired rocket-propelled grenades on the Ukrainian military in the village of Zhovte and the town of Zolote. They also fired 82mm mortars in the village of Stanytsia Luhanska, as well as small arms in the town of Popasna.